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Festive Treats You Can Make at Naptime

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With the holidays on our doorstep, and all the yummy treats to make, I can get stressed wondering when I’m going to find the time to whip something up. Cookies and muffins take more time, and I always end up burning a batch or two while chasing my two little ones. So I’ve been on the hunt for a quick and tasty snack and beverage I can make during nap time and still have time to spare. To be honest, nap time is my down time. As much as I love to bake, I don’t want to spend the whole time the house is quiet working in the kitchen. If you can relate, or simply need a dessert idea you can knock out in a hurry on the way to your next holiday party, look no further!  


Pumpkin Chip Bread 

(adapted from


Ingredients: Makes two loaves. 


3 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 

1 teaspoon salt 

1 teaspoon baking soda

4 eggs at room temperature

1 1/2 cups brown sugar 

1 can of pumpkin 

1 ½ cups oil or butter

1 ½ cups chocolate chips 



Preheat oven to 350°F and prepare two 8 x 4” loaf pans. 

If your eggs are cold, let them sit in a small bowl of very warm water to bring them to room temperature. 

Combine dry ingredients and set aside. In another bowl, beat the eggs, sugar, pumpkin and oil together. Stir your pumpkin wet mixture into your dry ingredients until just moistened and you don’t see any visible lumps. Take care not to over mix. Next fold in your chocolate.

Pour and evenly distribute into two greased 8x4” loaf pans. Bake at 350°F for 60-70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean and the crack in the middle of the bread doesn’t look wet. 





Stovetop Cocoa 

Ingredients: Makes 1 serving

12 oz milk

1 tablespoons cocoa powder

2 tablespoons sugar

3 drops peppermint extract

Marshmallows for topping



Pour all ingredients into a small saucepan. Whisk while heating on medium heat until mixture is combined, and cocoa is desired temperature (about 2-3 minutes). Do not boil!



And there you have it! No need to skip the holiday tradition of baking from scratch, or miss enjoying the delicious seasonal flavors if you’re short on time. 

So now the important question: are you a large marshmallow or mini marshmallow type of person?

Do you have any nap-time-friendly recipes to share? Let us know in the comments!


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